AJFF: A Fortunate Man
Seeking to reject his strict religious upbringing and fulfill his dreams, a pastor’s ambitious son hopes to wed into a wealthy Jewish family and find success in 19th century Copenhagen, in A FORTUNATE MAN, a sweeping romance from Danish Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bille August. The young Peter Sidenius (Esben Smed), a gifted hothead rebelling against his stifling childhood, sets sail for the industrialized world to become an engineer. He pursues his studies, rises to prominence, and quickly climbs the social ladder. But when he and alluring Jakobe Salomon (Katrine Greis-Rosenthal), a progressive intellectual, get engaged, his devout Lutheran family spurns his new life and Jewish fiancée. One of the most expensive Danish film productions ever, this heartbreaking epic, based on Dutch writer Henrik Pontoppidan's Nobel Prize-winning novel, features moving performances, dazzling cinematography, and sumptuous costume design and period detail.
Screenings: February 14, 7:00PM and February 25, 7:00PM